Heather Finlay-Morreale, MD

First stab: the first time I saw a patient death

I spent the summer between the first and second years of medical school in the emergency department at Cincinnati’s major trauma hospital. More specifically, I spent summer nights there, studying the effects of interpersonal violence. Cincinnati is both a friendly city and a violent city. People say “Hello” when you pass in a corridor. At …

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Being mindful for the zebras

  In the book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki, says “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” After an experience with a rare neurological illness, I  found that cultivating a beginner’s mind opens doors and improves clinical diagnosis. Medical training has phases, and clinicians in different …

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A Different Kind of Case Study – With the Doctor as the Patient

A physician experiences the pain crisis in America As a physician I’ve taken numerous CME modules about pain and the opioid crisis. I’ve even had training in suboxone prescribing and obtained my DEA X number. But it was a recent journey on the other side of the exam table that opened my eyes to what …

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Asthma – questions answered

by Jacqueline Watts, B.S., P.A. student What is asthma? Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. It affects the airways leading to your lungs. Airways become sensitive to allergens and triggers which irritate the airways causing them to get tighter and become inflamed. Asthma is a very common reason for missed …

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Executive Function Issues

Some children evaluated for ADHD are found to not have ADHD but rather executive function problems. On the other hand, many children with ADHD also have executive function problems. What are some clues that your child has executive function problems? Their backpack/bedroom looks like an explosion They cannot keep track of what homework is due …

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ADHD: assessment and treatment

Diagnosing ADHD:  A parents guide to the process 1.Talk to your provider if you see that your child is having difficulty concentrating, paying attention to tasks, or completing assignments at school 2. ADHD Diagnosis involves collecting data from 2 sources: HOME and SCHOOL Your provider will ask ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS to fill out the VANDERBILT QUESTIONNAIRE …

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